The Japanese gave a new meaning to “Perfection” during the 3rd Asian Games were held from May 24 to June 1, 1958 in Tokyo, Japan.

A total number of 1,820 athletes, coming from 20 countries, competed in thirtheen events at this Asiad. Total of 13 sports were competed, an increase of 5 from the previous one.

Also, the torch relay was introduced as a new tradition of the Asian Games. The relay was commenced from the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, the venue of the previous Games in Manila. In Japan, the torch was relayed from the U.S. occupied Okinawa to Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu, for a journey through Japanese archipelago.

At the Opening Ceremony on May 24, the Sacred Flame was ignited by Mikio Oda, the first Asian to win an Olympic gold medal in triple jump event at 1928 Amsterdam Olympiad.

Officially opened by HM Emperor Hirohito Torch Lighter Mikio Oda Stadium Olympic Stadium
3rd AG  Tokyo 1958
Opening Ceremony 5/24/1958
Closing Ceremony 6/1/1958
Host City Tokyo
Country Japan
Nations Participating 16
Athletes 1820
Events 97
Sports 13
Disciplines 14
Participating NOCs
CHN China
JPN Japan
PHI Philippines
HKG Hong Kong
KOR Korea
SIN Singapore
IND India
MAS Malaysia
SRI Sri Lanka
INA Indonesia
MYA Myanmar
THA Thailand
IRI Iran
PAK Pakistan
VIE Vietnam
Israel
Sports / Discipline
AQ - Diving
CL - Cycling
TT - Table Tennis
AQ - Swimming
FB - Football
VO - Volleyball
AT - Athletics
HO - Hockey
WL - Weightlifting
BK - Basketball
SH - Shooting
WR - Wrestling
BX - Boxing
TE - Tennis
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